Docs That Rock

Recorded Music As Important as Motor Car, says Martin

In a recent Billboard Q&A with Beatles impresario Sir George Martin, I learned about perhaps the longest music doc ever created! (As a journalist, I’m all about insignificant records and milestones.) Currently in production for PBS, On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives recounts the history of recorded music and its impact on society. It will feature archival performances and interviews with artists from all genres, including Frank Sinatra, Loretta Lynn and Jay-Z. It should be finished by fall of 2010. Five hours may be a bit obsessive but the story of how recorded music changed how the world perceives, appreciates and consumes music is a great topic. I’ll let Martin hype up the project in his own words:

Recording started at the beginning of the 20th century, and here we are in the 21st century. I started recording in 1950, which was exactly halfway through. I was very interested in the background and the history of how sound recording developed. It was a profound business — that suddenly, for the first time, people could hear other people on record. It’s difficult for us to comprehend what that meant. Before then, nobody ever heard music, unless it was there (live). It was a fundamental change, I think every bit as important as the invention of the motor car. It changed our lives and, in fact, it affected us so much that we cannot imagine music being absent from our lives. (It’s there) constantly. Probably too much now.

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July 29, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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